A Hologram For The King is a rarity in that it's a bad Tom Hanks film. What possessed Hank's to become involved in this meandering plodding story, other
than perhaps a couple of months holiday in Saudi Arabia, is anyone's guess.
Based on a novel by Dave Eggers, A Hologram For The King tells the story of Alan Clay (Hank's), a manager for a US technology company, who in the midst of
a mid-life crisis is sent to Saudi Arabia to sell a holographic IT system to the King.
When he arrives and meets his team, who have been sent on ahead of him, he finds that he's to arrange his presentation in a tent in the middle of the
desert. The IT system that he's trying to sell is for a new city that the King plans to build in the desert, unfortunately for Clay the city at this stage
is still rocks and dust.
Then day after day he waits for the King and his advisers who, day after day, fail to turn up.
Adding to Clay’s woes is the fact that he's got a mysterious lump growing out of his back. Having nothing to do all day most of Clays time is taken up by
drinking illegal booze that's supplied to him by various people that pop in and out of his life. During one of Clays drinking sessions he attempts to
surgically remove the lump himself using a hotel knife, this resulting wound causes him to visit a local hospital where me meets and takes a fancy to a
female Saudi doctor (Sarita Choudhury).
Hanks is good as always and can't be faulted for his performance and without his presence this would be a total dud rather than just ordinary.
Sadly this isn't a film that will be at the top of Hank’s CV when his career comes to an end.